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50 Eggs in 2 nests, incubate?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kelly52862, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. kelly52862

    kelly52862 Out Of The Brooder

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    I found 2 nests in my loft of 25 eggs each, with chickens currently laying on both. I took 42 of the best looking eggs and put them in the incubator. There is no way to know how many hens were laying in each nest, but it seems like at least 20 eggs should hatch. Am I crazy? Will rotten eggs explode in my incubator? When should I candle?
     
  2. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would have candled before putting them in the 'bator... but since you didn't, I'd candle after about 7 days.

    You may have a problem with a very staggered hatch?
     
  3. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

    Mar 27, 2008
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    Yeah candle them all see how far along they are also make sure none stink or you will have a big proublem on your hands.
    But yeah I would have taken them all and incubated them as well.
     
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2011
  4. kelly52862

    kelly52862 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I will candle them next week.
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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  6. kelly52862

    kelly52862 Out Of The Brooder

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    I will candle them Sunday at 5 days! This is only my second time to incubate and I found it hard to candle! Hopefully it will go better this time.
     
  7. FeatheredObsessions

    FeatheredObsessions Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2010
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    It might be hard to tell at 5 days. I found a nest from my ducks and threw the eggs in the incubator... some hatched but I did have one egg explode. I was so gladd it was a small duck egg and not a Muscovy
     
  8. kelly52862

    kelly52862 Out Of The Brooder

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    After the 2nd time candling, there are 18 good eggs out of the 42 in the incubator. Only one egg started to weep. One week until the hatch!
     

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